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Hard Times for Neptune’s Madonna House

  By DENISE HERSCHEL The Madonna House in Neptune has been serving local communities and beyond for the past 27 years providing children’s clothing, formula, diapers, bedding, toiletries, and other necessities to those in need. But now after several decades of tireless giving, the non-profit organization may have to close it’s doors. Financial constraints have forced its founder and director, Rebecca Blonski, to possibly consider closing the Madonna House in the foreseeable future. According to Blonski, the Madonna House has three privately held mortgages for their property. “Our total amount is approximately $223,000.00. One of the mortgages is a balloon…

New Firefighters

  New Wanamassa Fire Company firefighters are (from left) Andy Floros, Nick Colalilo and John Berbilis. They will attend the training class at the Monmouth County Fire Academy in the Spring. “We are very fortunate to have these three men in the Company,” said Fire Chief Michael Evans “I commend them on their willingness to get involved and help their community.” For more information on becoming a volunteer call 732-775-9784 ext 400 or visit the company web site at www.wanamassafirecompany.com.

Town Talk

  ///Get your jingle on at the Christmas Party Sat., Dec. 20 at the Sudsy Mug on Sixth Avenue in Neptune. The festivities begin at 8:30 p.m.with food, fun and karaoke. /// The Neptune City tree lighting will be held on Fri, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. followed by the 12th children’s Holiday Party at 6:30 p.m. at the Neptune City Community Center. Light refreshments will be served. The Police Department and First Aid Squad as well as the Borough Council will be there to celebrate. /// Jersey Shore Writers present a program to meet the authors of “Darkness Falls…

Remembering Oakhurst School

  By DON STINE The Township of Ocean Historical Museum is celebrating its 30th anniversary and the Oakhurst School, built in 1900 on Monmouth Road, is the subject of a special exhibit at the museum that is bringing back memories to many residents. Exhibit curator Peggy Dellinger said the museum feels the old school is worthy of an exhibit. The museum was originally housed in the Oakhurst School, at 163 Monmouth Rd., for 25 years until a new museum was created in 2009 at the historic 18th century Eden Woolley House, now on Deal Road. “The Oakhurst School represents the…

Blue Service Helps Those Dealing with Loss

  By DENISE HERSCHEL The hustle and the bustle of the holiday season is officially upon us as shoppers scurry to find the best deals and plans for the neighborhood Christmas party are finalized. With all of the festivities surrounding the season it is often easy to forget that the holiday is not always a joyous one for all. It can be a time of rememberence for the loss of loved ones or the loss or a job or a home. For the third year, the Hamilton United Methodist Church in Neptune is offering a Blue Christmas service as a…

Out & About in Belmar

Ocean Voters Go to Polls for School Referendum

  By DON STINE Ocean Township school officials are hoping voters will turn out Tues., Dec. 9 to approve a $28.9 million bond referendum to pay for improvements to all five district schools. Approving the referendum will not add anything to the current school tax rate for debt service. Taxpayers will cast their votes during a special election at their regular polling places from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. School Superintendent James Stefankiewicz said Tuesday that he is “cautiously optimistic” about the referendum passing, saying it is “desperately needed in the district.” “We are trying to plan for the needs…